Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Date Printed: 12/22/2014
Napa Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
Napa Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
(search item no. 53975)

PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $71.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The philosophy of the Napa Wine Company winemaking program is - let the vineyard do the talking. According to Winemaker Randy Mason, 'We strive to allow the varietal character of the fruit to express itself with minimal guidance'.

True to this philosophy, the 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon received enough French oak barrel aging to provide the wine a rich, supple mouth feel and a hint of toastiness. The wine delivers concentrated fruit providing layer after layer of intense fruit flavors like plum and black cherry with an earthy caramel essence.

The backbone of the Cabernet Sauvignon is the fruit we harvested from our Rock Cairn vineyard, 32 acres uniquely nestled in the western hills of Oakville. Rock Cairn was a name given the hill surrounding the vineyard by the Native Americans who traveled the Valley long before a grapevine was ever planted. During their trading treks, the Native Americans would travel over the hill and deposit a small rock on a cairn, saying a prayer for safe travel.

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About Napa Wine Company:

The building that now houses Napa Wine Company is actually a culmination of two historic winery properties. The oldest building originated in 1877. The newer of the two dates back to 1892. When my family acquired the winery in 1993 it had been operating as one facility for about 15 years. The history and heritage of the buildings and their past winemaking tenants is so important to my family that we "borrowed" several graphic elements from their names and labels when we were designing our own brand. We've also proudly incorporated our Bonded Winery #9 status into the company logo - reinforcing our wine heritage. The name Napa Wine Company itself has been resurrected from a former life in the 1930's & 40s.

The history of both buildings is fairly colorful covering Prohibition, World War II and a dramatic shift in wine consuming tastes from generic wines to varietal specific. We've charted not only the long, checkered history of the winery but also the colorful history of my wine-growing family.